More than a third of Christmas shoppers fear getting scammed online, study shows

As the countdown to Christmas begins, more than a third of festive shoppers fear getting scammed online, new study by EE shows

With 16 shopping days to Christmas and millions hitting the high street to search for the perfect festive gift, many of us are worried about getting scammed online.

Whether it’s the hunt for a coffee machine, latest gadget or toy for the little ones, it seems that for more than a third of Brits, the yuletide shopping also brings with it some anxiety.

A new study by mobile phone network EE, found 37 per cent of UK shoppers are worried about losing money to fraudsters during Christmas, Boxing Day and the January sales.

The research, which asked 2,017 people, highlighted that nearly a quarter have purchased items from online retailers they’ve never used or heard of in the past, with almost 1 in 3 admitting having previously put aside their usual caution to secure a good deal over the period.

The study found 37 per cent of UK shoppers are worried about losing money to fraudsters during Christmas – with a quarter of them purchasing goods from websites they don’t know

In response to their customers’ fears, EE has launched a new cyber security application powered by Norton to provide advanced online security and greater peace of mind for its users.

The network has unveiled new monthly subscription packages around home and cyber security as the company said it wanted to make digital security more accessible to the public.

The service provides customers with dark web monitoring including email addresses, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, phone numbers, driver’s license number and notifies them should it be found.

It also provides social media monitoring, which analyzes customers’ accounts and notifies them of suspicious activity, like changes to their account settings, unusual logins and risky links in their posts.

The service also provides real time protection against ransomware, viruses, spyware, malware, and other online threats – and helps block unauthorized traffic.

Sharon Meadows, from EE said: ‘With more and more of our lives spent online, ensuring we take steps to protect ourselves and our identities has never been more important. That’s why we’ve teamed up with cyber safety experts Norton™, to provide our customers the most advanced online security services to date – helping to protect their devices, and digital identity with a powerful all-in-one solution to give them ultimate peace of mind.’

Sarah Uhlfelder, from Norton said: ‘We are proud to be partnering with EE to bring our joint mission of safeguarding digital identity and providing Cyber ​​Safety to life. Our goal is to meet consumers where they live, work and socialize online so people can enjoy digital freedom, no matter where they are.’

Will Geddes, Cyber ​​Security Expert said: ‘It’s no secret that consumers in the UK are at higher risk to cyber-attacks during the festive period, so it’s great to see that EE and Norton™ join forces to offer customers increased protection at this time and go above and beyond their usual services. EE’s Cyber ​​Security service is an ideal solution to ensure UK consumers are staying ahead of the game and keeping themselves safe online.’

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